My name is Nicole Foster, I am originally from Adelaide, Australia and am a Postdoctoral researcher in Environmental Science. I… Read more About me
Why did I rethink my career in science? From the streets of Germany to the Cambodian rainforests
I was fortunate to head over seas recently to two very different countries, Germany and Cambodia. The experiences I had made quite the impression on me so I have decided to share them here.
Featured photo credit: Zoe Nash
What is a plant barcode?
In this blog I discuss my recently published research in the journal Ecology and Evolution where I constructed a coastal plant database for multiple DNA barcodes, read on to find out what a DNA barcode is….
Arriving home to a place you have never been, Arkaroola
Last October I took a trip to the far north of the Flinders Ranges to help my best mate sample a rare plant species. This blog describes my experience at Arkaroola wildlife sanctuary – a place that feels like home and one that I cannot wait to return to.
Environmental DNA: what is it and how can we use it for coastal plant conservation?
I published a paper! A scientific article from my PhD research has recently been published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. This blog is all about this work, explaining the background and key results of my research – very excited about this one- enjoy!
Diving into the world of whale sharks
Whale sharks! need I say more… This blog dives into the world of whale sharks and their life in our oceans. I talk to my friend Ben D’Antonio about his PhD research into whale shark migratory behaviour.
My PhD is done! What a journey it has been
Recently completing my PhD has made me reflect on my scientific journey. It has been extraordinary adventure and I have got to experience some amazing places and contribute to the world in a way that I never thought I could. I am proud of how far I have come and have decided to share this as a blog post.
South Australia- from land to sea and everything in between: why do I think I live in the best city in the world?
It has been a while since I have blogged again, mainly I have been super busy with finishing my PhD thesis. This blog is all about South Australia and what I have discovered since not being able to travel overseas. The world can be beautiful, and it is good to stop and take note of the wonderful, natural world your own city has to offer.
Why is science about the people you meet?
I recently sat down with my friend, roommate and colleague to chat about her journey in science, culminating in her current PhD. Colette Blyth uses genomic analyses of Australian native plants to directly inform conservation. Read all about her story in this blog.
What makes the Flinders Rangers so Remarkable?
I recently travelled to the Flinders Rangers, South Australia, to complete my first overnight hiking and camping trip. This was one of the best travel experiences I have had, being out in nature and seeing all the amazing plants and animals, I just had to share this!
Why am I doing ocean research in the first place?
I have been slack on writing blog posts lately. This is mainly because I have been working hard on my PhD, so hard I feel I have lost passion for my work and have found myself wondering why I am doing ocean research in the first place. I decided to slow down and write about what inspired me to dedicate my career to saving our precious ocean environment, spoiler alert! this post is all about seagrass!.